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Sept. 24-28: College hosts Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 21, 2018

The College of Lake County will celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Sept. 24-28, with events at the Grayslake, Lakeshore (Waukegan) and Southlake (Vernon Hills) Campuses. The weeklong celebration is designed to raise awareness of the value of adult education as a building block to additional education, a better-paying job and—ultimately—a more fulfilling life.

Besides literature tables, the week includes information sessions on the value of investing in adult education and literacy as well as fun activities such as literacy trivia and human Scrabble®. Additionally, there will be a distribution of free books from the CLC book drive that ran Sept. 10-20. Events will take place at the Grayslake Campus in Student Street on Monday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. The Lakeshore Campus will feature events on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. in the main lobby of the South Building at 1 N. Genesee St. At the Southlake Campus, events will take place in the atrium Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 6 p.m.

The 17 participating organizations include the Job Center of Lake County, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center and the Lake County Housing Authority, in addition to CLC departments ranging from the library to the Career and Job Placement Center.

“Together, we can raise awareness about the urgent need for, and value of, adult education, and it starts with citizens and families promoting basic English literacy,” said Arlene Santos-George, Ph.D., Dean of Adult Education and ESL division. “CLC provides adult basic education, including transition programs to college and the workforce, to approximately 3,500 Lake County residents each year.”

About 32 million adults in the United States cannot read, write or perform basic math above the third-grade level, according to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy. Education and literacy are also causes relevant to the immediate Lake County community.  Fully 10 percent of the Lake County population 25 years and older does not have a high school diploma, and 28 percent of residents age 5 and older were raised speaking a language other than English, Santos-George said.

For more information on Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, including a list of all participating organizations, visit

For a list of CLC’s Fall Semester courses that begin after mid-September, visit

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